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In Memoriam
Arthur Kirson
(July 20, 1947 - February 28, 2003)
Arthur’s songs tell the world who Arthur Kirson really was. He loved being in love: with people he knew, with people he saw on the street, with celebrities he was determined to meet, and sometimes did. Though by orientation he loved men, some of his best love songs were written about women.

The more deeply he loved, the more deeply hurt he could become, with or without provocation. His "I Hate People" and "The Friendship Tango" speak to his disillusionment. We laugh at them. We understand them. He speaks for us all.

He also celebrated people, he celebrated dogs (he was more certain of them than us: "Lulu Was a Lady" and "She’s My Dog"). One of his favorite songs late in his life was "The Best Time of My Life." He wrote "Life Is a Wonderful Thing." He wrote "I Want More."

In "I Should Have Said It," he wrote, "Funny world of promises; silly backward glances. Retrospect and hindsight, poorly planned advances. How the hell I failed to say the little things I could have; how the hell I failed to say the many things I should have: I love you ...").

I knew Arthur for more than twenty years. We wrote our first song in 1982. Arthur didn’t like the way I set the lyric to our second song, so we didn’t write much together for the next fifteen years. And then it was several songs a week: creative output exploding as if it had been welling up in him for a lifetime. I’ve often said that when Arthur’s lyric is good, I can put it before me on the piano, and the unwritten music suddenly plays itself. And when a lyric isn’t good, no amount of work could save it. More than not, his lyrics would sing to me.

Arthur died on the last day of February, 2003. In our last conversation, in which we’d discussed recording the new Christmas song we’d written, Arthur ended the conversation as he would only occasionally do, by saying, "I love you." And though I regret not having spent more time with him and not having registered how ill he must have been in the last weeks of his life, I’m forever grateful for the wisdom I’d gained from, "I Should Have Said It." I didn’t get stupidly uncomfortable as I sometimes did. I answered him.

I love you, too, Arthur. And I miss you.

Jay Kerr
March 7, 2003
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